Accelerated Logistics: Streamlining the Army's Supply Chain by Mark Y.D. Wang

By Mark Y.D. Wang

In June 1998, U.S. vp Al Gore and the nationwide Partnership for Reinventing executive provided a staff of U.S. military logisticians and RAND analysts the Hammer Award in reputation of an excellent accomplishment: streamlining military logistics. for many years, the functionality of military logistics fell gradually at the back of most sensible advertisement practices. military mechanics may wait on usual a month for spare elements from far-off offer depots to be able to fix a down weapon procedure. this present day a high-velocity, streamlined military provide strategy offers spare components in part the time it took to convey them simply three years prior. in truth, nowadays it acutally takes much less time to get a spare half from a military provide depot than from a advertisement seller.

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Two months earlier, in Brussels for a meeting of the NATO allies, the secretary had set a particularly fine example of the correct approach. ” There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know. So when we do the best we can and we pull all this information together, and we then say well that’s basically what we see as the situation, that is really only the known knowns and the known unknowns.

3. The art of politics (embarrassingly human and therefore corrupt) is subordinate to the science of economics (reassuringly abstract and therefore perfect). What need of political principle or philosophy when it is the money markets that set policy, pay the troops, distrib- 18 GAG RULE ute alms? What need of statesmen, much less politicians, when it isn’t really necessary to know their names or remember what they say? 4. History is at an end. The new world economic order vanquished the last of the skeptics by refuting the fallacy of Soviet communism.

3 million in Barcelona. The major media dismissed the uproar as one of little worth and no consequence—the work of aging flower children and B-list Hollywood celebrities; President Bush likened it to the assembling of an ad agency’s hired focus group, an expression of nonserious and uninformed opinion not apt to affect his judgment, alter his course of action, or trespass in the temple of his unilateral enlightenment. Three weeks later, when he appeared in the White House on the evening of March 6 to announce the imminent scourging of Iraq, it was a wonder that he didn’t speak in tongues.

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